Albert D. Baxter

Albert D. Baxter, known as Al, 92, Princeton, died Monday, April 4 at Shady Oaks Adult Foster Care Home, Isanti, Minn.

Al Baxter

Al was born Oct. 11, 1918 in Spencer Brook Township, Isanti County, Minnesota, son of Albert T. and Elnora (Moody) Baxter. He grew up there and attended Isanti County District 1 country school through 8th grade and then had to quit school to help his father on the farm.  He was united in marriage with Marcella Seifert Jan. 17, 1942 in Princeton. They dairy farmed until 1959. Al worked as an electrician; he was trained by and worked for Martin Jopp.  In 1950, he began driving truck for the Chas. Freidheim Co. in St. Louis Park.  By the early 1960s, he and a co-worker had completed construction of a second ready-mix plant for the Freidheim Co. in Maple Grove, Minn. and he remained in charge of its operation until his retirement in 1975.  After retirement, he resumed farming, raising cattle and pigs.

He was clerk of Spencer Brook Township for 18 years. He was the snow plow operator for the township until 1998, when he retired from the town board.  He served on the Isanti County Soil and Water Conservation board for a number of years. He was one of the founders of the Isanti County Historical Society, working on the first renovation of the District 1 School House. He was an Isanti County Fire Warden for many years. He was a member of the Foley Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed deer hunting, both in Minnesota and Montana and moose hunting in Canada.

He is survived by daughters: Barbara Teff of Lakeville, Nancy (Dan) Freitag of Princeton and Elizabeth Baxter of Milaca; three grandsons: Michael Teff of Farmington, Dr. Mark (Mary) Freitag of Omaha, Neb., Matthew (Sadie) Freitag of Zimmerman; six great grandchildren: John, Joseph, Catherine and Luke Freitag of Omaha, Neb. and Samantha and Josie Freitag of Zimmerman, Minn.; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Albert T. and Elnora; his wife: Marcella in 2009; a brother: Vernon; grandsons: Thomas Freitag and Todd Kelley; and son-in-law: James Teff.

Funeral Services will be held Saturday, April 9, at 11 a.m. at Christ Our Light – North, Princeton, Minn. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery, Isanti County, Minnesota. Arrangement with Williams Dingmann, Princeton.